Bonham's Auction ItemsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The next Entertainment Memorabilia auction at Bonhams takes place on the 15th December, and features a range of costumes from the 21st Century series of Doctor Who offered via Angels The Costumiers - including several of the Doctor's outfits. There are also a couple of 'classic' items, with the preliminary artwork for 1964's The Dalek Book and a spaceship prop from Battlefield.

Lot No: 173 - Doctor Who - Human Nature/ The Family Of Blood, 2007

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor: A three-piece suit, shirt and tie, being the principle character costume, worn during the sequence where the Doctor is hiding under the persona of the Teacher John Smith, the brown tweed suit, with orange and black coloured thread, comprising jacket, waistcoat and trousers, bearing 'Total Look Costumes' label inside, together with a white cotton shirt with removable collar and a brown bow-tie with circular motif, together with a black teachers cape, with inscribed label inside 'Smith', a square academic hat (mortarboard), of black cotton, and a pair of black leather boots.

The suit part of this lot features during the Dance sequence onward, and in the promotional photographs for the episode. The cap and gown feature during the school sequences. The label inside is typical of modern BBC television labelling.

Estimate: £1,000-1,500, €1,200-1,800
Lot No: 174 - Doctor Who - Human Nature/ The Family Of Blood, 2007

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor: A three-piece suit, worn during the sequence where the Doctor is hiding under the persona of the Teacher John Smith, comprising a grey/ blue tweed suit with brown/ cream plastic buttons, together with a brown paisley type tie, all items bearing 1980s Morris Angel & Sons Ltd. labels.

Estimate: £500-600, €590-700
Lot No: 175 - Doctor Who - Human Nature/ The Family Of Blood, 2007

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor: The Doctors sleepwear - a pair of pyjamas and a dressing gown, worn during the sequence where the Doctor is hiding under the persona of the Teacher John Smith, the pyjamas of cream coloured cotton with blue pinstripe, with wide and narrow stripe, the dressing gown of checked brown wool mix fabric, with red rope edging and details to cuffs and sleeves, together with a pair of slippers

Estimate: £400-600, €470-700
Lot No: 176 - Doctor Who - Human Nature/ The Family Of Blood, 2007

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor: A grey/brown 3/4 length overcoat, hat and scarf, featured during the outdoor scenes, the coat of tweed with large plastic buttons, with black masking tape applied over interior label; a grey and orange wool scarf, with a black trilby type hat, of black fabric with synthetic trim, together with a pair of red cotton pyjamas featured in the scene where the Doctor is an old man.

Estimate: £300-400, €350-470
Lot No: 191 - Doctor Who - The Big Bang, 2010

Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor: A complete Wedding guest outfit, comprising: a black satin 'Opera' type collapsible top hat, in original box, with black ribbon trim; a black tail coat, of wool with satin effect collar; a white waffle type waistcoat; a white shirt with waffle type front together with matching collar and bow-tie; a cream coloured silk scarf with tasselled edge; a pair of black tuxedo trousers, with matching braces and a pair of black size 10 men's shoes, together with the original costume returns bag.

Estimate: £1,200-1,800, €1,400-2,100

Lot No: 154 - Doctor Who: The original preliminary design artwork for 'The Dalek Book'

Watercolour and gouache on paper, unsigned, mounted on board, 11½ x 15 inches (29 x 38cm)

Estimate: £500-700, €590-820
Lot No: 155 - Doctor Who: original spaceship model from 'Battlefield'

Well-detailed, removable top section with internal electric wiring, on stand, with certificate of authenticity approximately 51cm (20in) diameter

The ship is classed as an 'Organic Spaceship' in this episode. It lies on the bottom of Lake Vortigern containing the body of King Arthur, apparently in suspended animation, and his sword Excalibur. The ship is made from different materials including metal, resin and fibreglass. The ship was used for underwater shots - the 'blow hole' where a stream of bubbles emanates at one point is clearly visible. This can be operated by a switch. This was one of two models made, the other model was blown up.

Estimate: £4,500-5,000, €5,300-5,900

Full list of auction items related to Doctor Who

LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
154Preliminary artwork for The Dalek Book (1964)500-700
154aSpaceship model from Battlefield4500-5000
155Doctor Constantine costume from The Empty Child400-500
156Adherent of the Repeated Meme costume from The End of the World250-300
157Partial Sycorax costume from The Christmas Invasion350-400
158Sisters of Plenitude tunic from New Earth200-300
159Maid's costume from Tooth and Claw100-150
160The Host cloak from Tooth and Claw150-200
161Guardian monk's robes from Tooth and Claw200-300
162Clockwork Droid costume from The Girl in the Fireplace300-400
163Two Roboform costumes (one pos worn by Tennant) from The Runaway Bride400-500
164A Slab guard costume from Smith and Jones300-400
165Lilith's nightdress and slippers from The Shakespeare Code150-250
166William Shakespeare's costume from The Shakespeare Code400-500
167Frank's costume from Daleks in Manhattan500-600
168Tallulah's costume from Daleks in Manhattan150-200
169Laszlo's human and pig slave costumes from Daleks in Manhattan300-400
170Two Pig Slave costumes from Daleks in Manhattan250-300
171Mr. Diagoras's costume from Daleks in Manhattan200-300
172Solomon's costume from Daleks in Manhattan250-300
173John Smith's Teacher costume from Human Nature1000-1500
174John Smith's suit from Human Nature500-600
175John Smith's pyjamas from Human Nature400-600
176John Smith's overcoat/hat/scarf from Human Nature300-400
177Martha's maid costume from Human Nature300-400
178Baines's costume from Human Nature200-300
179Lucy/Jenny/Rocastle costumes from Human Nature300-400
180Futurekind Chieftain costume from Utopia400-500
181Lucius Petrus Dextrus's costume from The Fire of Pompeii300-400
182Quintus and Lucius costumes from The Fires of Pompeii400-500
183UNIT Trooper part costume from The Sontaran Strategum200-300
184Rosita's costume from The Next Doctor250-350
185Four Smilers costumes from The Beast Below400-500
186Four Winders part costumes from The Beast Below250-350
187Guido's costume from The Vampires of Venice600-700
188Vincent Van Gogh's costume from Vincent and the Doctor350-450
189Dorium Maldovar's costume from The Pandorica Opens250-350
190Rory's Wedding outfit from The Big Bang400-600
191The Doctor's Wedding Guest outfit from The Big Bang1200-1800

(with thanks to John Bowman)

Legend Photography: Tom Baker PrintsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Legend Photography have been commissioned to shoot a collection of high quality art portraits of Tom Baker. Taken in celebration of the actor who played the Fourth Doctor, award-winning fantasy portrait photographer Oliver McNeil said:
We shot the portraits over two days, firstly at my studio and a week later in the historic town of Rye. After reading up on Tom's personal website, I discovered his love of France, this led me to buy a bottle of red wine and serve it to Tom in a large crystal goblet. Even though it was 9am this seemed to relax Tom into the role of raconteur; I was then treated to some of his wonderful stories as we shot the session.
The art gallery quality 18"x12" prints are available to order from the Legend Photography website, and each are personally signed by the actor, who will also personalise the print on request.

Watch a video highlighting the prints:

Tom Baker prints from Legend Photography, via YouTube.

(with thanks to Oliver McNeil/Legend Photography)

Latest Christmas Special ImagesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a few more publicity images for this year's Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, featuring guest stars Claire Skinner as Madge, Alexander Armstrong as Reg, Holly Earl as Lily, and Maurice Cole as Cyril.


48th Anniversary of Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Today marks the 48th Anniversary since the first broadcast of Doctor Who on 23rd November 1963

The series launched on BBC Television at 5.16pm, sandwiched between Grandstand and the Tele-Goons, where it was watched by 4.4 million people.

Over the following 48 years, eleven actors have taken the role of The Doctor. There have been 224 stories and 783 episodes as well as numerous spin-offs in the form of Books, Audio Plays and Cinema films.

The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic, and downloads.

The first episode, An Unearthly Child, saw the introduction of William Hartnell as The Doctor, Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and William Russell as Ian Chesterton.

Written by Anthony Coburn and CE Webber it was directed by Waris Hussein, designed by Peter Brachacki, script edited by David Whitaker and produced by Verity Lambert. The whole series was overseen by BBC Head of Drama, Sydney Newman and Head of the Script Department Donald Wilson.

The first appearance of The Doctor

SFX - Doctor Who: The FanzineBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Today SFX release the second in their "bookazine" collection, this edition entitled Doctor Who: The Fanzine. Released in celebration of the 48th Anniversary of the series, the 180 page issue is described as the "ultimate unofficial tribute to the nation’s favourite television programme, with 100% new content".

In this issue:
  • Battle of the Superfans: we pit the show’s self-proclaimed biggest fanatics against each other to discover who deserves the title of Ultimate Superfan!
  • New Matt Smith interview: the actor explains why playing the Doctor can be a solitary existence
  • Arthur Darvill Fannish Inquisition: you quiz Rory Williams on dying, gerbils and series seven
  • The Ten Greatest Doctor Who Moments You’ll (Probably) Never See: the most tantalising scenes from Who’s missing episodes, as imagined by the fabulous artists behind the Reign Of Terror DVD animation
  • Full series six episode guide: 14-episodes examined minute-by-minute!
  • A Hitch In Time: looking at Patrick Troughton’s other time travelling role
  • Tom Baker & Louise Jameson interviewed: we put your questions to the Fourth Doctor and Leela
  • Interview with Who DVD head Dan Hall
  • Christmas special preview
  • Every monster ever in our huge colour illustration
  • The history of guns in Doctor Who
  • The Doctor in The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • The secret diary of a Doctor Who addict
  • "Chasing Christopher Eccleston": our (unsuccessful) attempts to grab a word with the Ninth Doctor!
  • Eleven brilliant Who writers – including Tom Macrae, Toby Whithouse, James Moran and Matthew Graham – choose their favourite Doctor
  • In-depth interview with top artist Chris Achilleos – complete with two brand new illustrations
  • The latest instalment in our rib-tickling cartoon strip Arthur “Dies Daily” Darvill Vs Murderous Moffat
  • What happened when we went trolling on forums
  • The most amazing memorabilia collection of them all
  • Results of our “draw the Doctor’s bedroom” competition

Plus: » Terry Nation » Naughty spoofs » Target books » Radio Times covers » The “Inbetween” years » Toby Hadoke on tour » 20 things we learned from series six » Are you spoilerphobic? » Interviewing the audio makers » Geeky confessions » The Doctor Who Experience » Every Who episode EVER rated » The Who How » Back to Paradise Towers » 50th anniversary wishlist » What the general public think of Who » (And nothing at all about the Australian K-9 series!)

The magazine is out today and available in all good newsagents, and may also be ordered online.

Children in Need: Auction TotalsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The auction of the Doctor's clothes to raise money for Children in Need has now ended, with the winning bid donating £50,000 to the charity!

Final bids on other related items in the auction included:
  • £1,800 - signed Pudsey Bear by Matt Smith
  • £361.87 - signed Pudsey Bear by John Barrowman
  • £62.00 - signed artwork of Tommy by Anjli Mohindra
  • £151.00 - signed artwork of Shansheeth by Anjli Mohindra
  • £72.00 - signed artwork of The Empty Planet by Anjli Mohindra
  • £56.55 - signed artwork of Anjli by Tommy Knight
  • £158.00 - signed artwork of Odd Bob by Tommy Knight
  • £95.87 - signed artwork of The Groske by Daniel Anthony
  • £620.00 - signed Soulless mask from Torchwood: Miracle Day
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The Mill erroneously awarded RTS AwardBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
With all the excitement mounting for this year's Christmas Special the ghost of Doctor Who Christmas past still remains, with special effects team The Mill apparently winning the "Effects - Digital" category in this year's Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards.

The company was nominated for the special effects used in A Christmas Carol, with the win cited for: "A vast array of visual effects, displaying a Hollywood-style ambition, was hugely impressive, despite a modest budget."

However, the RTS have now issued an apology to the BBC and E4 over the announcement, where the award should actually have gone to Misfits! The presentation to The Mill has been reported as an administrative error, with the RTS stating: "There was a human error in data entry and steps have been taken to ensure that it cannot happen again."

(newslink: BBC News)

A Gamble with Time (Lord)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Since the announcement by director David Yates on the development of a movie version of Doctor Who, the casting of an actor for the role has attracted speculation through the media.

The Radio Times suggests a variety of potential Doctors, ranging from young popstar Justin Bieber through to another sci-fi stalwart William Shatner! Other names include Hugh Laurie, Colin Firth, Ricky Gervais, Lady Gaga and Morgan Freeman.

IGN ran a poll in which some 7000 readers voted Hugh Laurie as their favourite choice, with the runners up being Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Ewan McGregor. Entertainment Editor Chris Tilly said: "As one of the UK's most celebrated TV characters of all-time, fans are thrilled about the prospect of a 'Doctor Who' movie, with talk immediately turning to who should play the lead role. And with his combination of wit, intelligence, charm and eccentricity, Hugh Laurie was the runaway winner of our poll, with fans believing the Brit to be the perfect man to play the Time Lord on the big screen."

Betting firm William Hill have placed David Morrissey as their favourite - in the lead-up to 2008's The Next Doctor the actor was the firm favourite to take over from David Tennant as the eleventh Doctor; another contender for the role as the announcement of who would replace Tennant in early 2009 was Chiwetel Ejiofor who is currently William Hill's second favourite.

IndieWire also offers up Chiwetel Ejiofor as a potential big-screen Doctor, with other suggestions including Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, Tom Hardy and Andrew Garfield.

Movie odds aren't a new thing, of course; back in 2010 Paddy Power were offering 2/1 on Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp as becoming a movie Doctor!

New Christmas Special ImagesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Two new images have been released to promote the forthcoming The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe; click below for the full sized versions.

Eccleston wins International EmmyBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Christopher Eccleston AccusedChristopher Eccleston has won the International Emmy for Best Actor.

The Ninth Doctor, won the award for his role in Jimmy McGovern's Accused for BBC One, which also won best drama series. In the drama, shown last year, Eccleston played a plumber who found £20,000 in the back of a cab but was arrested after it turned out the money was forged.

The awards, which celebrate TV production outside the United States, were presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in New York on Monday evening.

Eccleston is currently working on a new BBC One drama The Fuse.

Filming is currently taking place in Liverpool and Manchester for the four-part thriller which tells the story of a fictional council official (Eccleston) who realises he may have committed a murder during a drunken night out. An act of redemption eventually leads to him becoming a straight-talking mayoral candidate.

The Fuse is written by Bill Gallagher, who previously worked on Lark Rise To Candleford, and is made by Red Production Company (Single Father, Exile).